Leya Reid

NAVA News 3 2021

This month's news: New Leadership Model for NAVA; NAVA survey data; We're hiring - Advocacy Director; and more.

Visual arts sector far from recovery, NAVA survey reveals

Illustration by Emily Johnson.

​Latai Taumoepeau

Latai Taumoepeau uses faivā (performance practice) to explore considerations of race, class, the female body and the impact of climate change on island communities.

New Leadership Model for NAVA

NAVA is re-structuring to a Co-Director model of leadership to take the organisation into its next chapter and to align more with the work we do.

NAVA News 2 2021

This month's news: Call on the government to #SupportArt; Code of Practice consultations; Collaborative Mentorship announcement; and more.

Call on the government to #SupportArt through COVID-19

Be heard. Talk to your MP. Together we can make so much more noise. 

Noriko Nakamura

Noriko Nakamura is a Castlemaine-based artist whose work explores ideas of animism, ritual practice, and relationships between humans and the material world.

Unemployment payment changes still well below poverty line

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Code of Practice February Consultation 2021

NAVA is hosting our third round of one-hour conversations for our major revision of the Code of Practice, 23-24 February 2021.

NAVA News 1 2021

This month's news: NAVA's 2021 priorities; Code of Practice revision 2021 timeline; Have your say on 4 new discussion papers; and more.

Reset, Recreate

What's NAVA doing in 2021? 

Allan Giddy

Allan Giddy is a New Zealand-born sculptor and installation artist based in Sydney.

NAVA News 11 2020

This month's news: University cuts risk losing Australia's next generation of artists; What NAVA's been up to; Zoom sessions for NSW Aboriginal practitioners; and more.

NSW Aboriginal visual arts practitioners to be heard

NAVA and Create NSW are hosting four Zoom workshops to amplify the voices of the NSW Aboriginal visual arts sector to the Indigenous Visual Arts Action Plan consultation, 1 - 10 December 2020.

Jeanette James

Jeanette James is a Palawa woman and traditional shell necklace stringer based in Tasmania.

Know My Name

Conference hosted by the National Gallery of Australia, featuring NAVA's Georgia Mokak and NAVA Board Member Genevieve Grieves, Tuesday 10 – Friday 13 November 2020.

NAVA News 10 2020

This month's news: Politicians failing to focus on those hit hardest by COVID-19, What NAVA's been up to this month, Code of Practice consultation, plus latest Industry News, guides and opportunities.

Why are politicians failing to focus on who the pandemic has hit the hardest?

It is Australia’s first service-sector recession, and this should be reflected in the focus of our recovery and job creation programs.

Queensland Election 2020 Report Card

Queensland voting closes on Saturday 31 October 2020. What arts and culture vision do the major parties offer?

Bhenji Ra

Bhenji Ra is a performance and interdisciplinary artist whose practice draws on her own personal history to reframe performance.

ACT Election 2020 Report Card

ACT votes on Saturday 17 October 2020. What arts and culture vision do the major parties offer?

Make your submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry by 22 October

NAVA has prepared a Toolkit with all you need to know to add voice.

Have your say on the Code of Practice discussion papers

You're invited to provide feedback on three discussion papers as part of our major revision of the Code of Practice. 

The arts sector is already suffering. This year's budget just pours salt on the wound

The Coalition has demonstrated its lack of interest in helping a job-rich industry hit hard by COVID-19.

NAVA News 9 2020

The highly visible advocacy work and increased collegiately across the sector during this pandemic has opened a door to conversation with the Australian Government. It’s now really important that we wedge that door and open it wider. 

Protesting arts funding: sensationalist and inaccurate

Claire Bridge and Chelle Destefano, What I Wish I'd Told You, 2020 with Haley Martin, Worimi and Daingatti woman, Too Loud, multi-channel video (video stills)

Dennis Golding

Dennis Golding is a Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay artist and curator exploring political, social and cultural representations of Aboriginal history through a critical lens.

Welfare rules and regulations are failing artists

While the ATO seems to understand how artists’ incomes fluctuate year by year, Centrelink does not; nor do its guidelines help artists sustain their careers, a situation NAVA is keen to see changed.

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How to engage with politicians

Pro tips for developing relationships and effective meetings with MPs.

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How to engage with the media

Tips for making arts stories newsworthy and engaging with the media.

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How to develop an arts advocacy strategy

Tips on focusing your advocacy, nurturing local advocacy and developing an advocacy strategy.

$3,000 Carstairs Prize – applications now open!

2019 Carstairs Prize Winner, Shivanjani Lal, Chhaapaa, brown paper print, 2020. Photo by Chantel Bann, courtesy of Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.

NAVA News 8 2020

In keeping with 2020’s theme of change and expecting the unexpected, the NAVA team has a new profile and a new home – be assured though: we are focused on these turbulent times, the commitments we’ve made and navigating the best outcomes we can for our Members and the sector.

New Australia Council research shows that art is relied upon by millions of Australians

Image: TOY by All the Queens Men. Photo by Ben Vos Productions, courtesy of Australia Council for the Arts.

Ionat Zurr

Dr Ionat Zurr is an artist, curator and researcher pioneering in the field of Biological Arts.

NAVA survey: have your say on the future of NAVA and Australia’s contemporary arts

Take survey for your chance to win a NAVA Premium Membership.

NAVA Advocacy Program: Weekly Workshops Online

Online art advocacy workshop every Wednesday 4:00-5:30pm AEST, 22 April - 19 August 2020.

Moving major cultural institutions online

Webinar hosted by Portable featuring NAVA's Esther Anatolitis and Al Cossar, Artistic Director of the Melbourne International Film Festival, 1pm - 2pm AEST Thursday 13 August 2020.

Arts Day on the Hill 2020

Let’s achieve a critical mass of constructive advocacy on Wednesday 12 August 2020 with a focus on Question Time.

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NAVA Advocacy Kit 2020 Part 5

Keen to develop your advocacy skills to champion the arts with confidence, but not sure where or how to begin? Let’s work on developing those skills together.

Arts Agenda, July 2020

Arts Agenda is a monthly focus on national issues in Australia’s contemporary arts, designed for the inboxes of leading thinkers in journalism, academia and policy.

NAVA News 7 2020

A great deal has changed since we developed our current strategic plan three years ago – a great deal of that being this year alone! – which makes now the perfect time to revisit that plan. And we’re going to need your help. 

Richard Bell

Using a provocative, complex and humorous approach, Richard Bell’s work addresses contemporary debates around identity, place and politics.

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NAVA Advocacy Kit 2020 Part 4

Keen to develop your advocacy skills to champion the arts with confidence, but not sure where or how to begin? Let’s work on developing those skills together.

What's Next for the Visual Art, Craft & Design Sector?

Online conference with special guest Rupert Myer AO, 11:00am-1:00pm AEST Thursday 16 July 2020.

NAVA News 6 2020

In occupying a public space, we disrupt urban spaces, false histories with or without permission.  

Code of Practice June Consultation

Illustration by Emily Johnson.

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NAVA Advocacy Kit 2020 Part 3

Keen to develop your advocacy skills to champion the arts with confidence, but not sure where or how to begin? Let’s work on developing those skills together.

Code of Practice June Consultation

NAVA and research partners from RMIT School of Art are hosting a week of one-hour conversations to kick-start full consultation for our major revision of the Code of Practice, 1pm and 3pm, 22 - 25 June 2020.

If everyone donates just $3 we'll hit our matched funding target!

Illustration by Emily Johnson.

Official War Artists Statement: Letter in support of Farhad Bandesh

Image: Farhad Bandesh, Kurdish refugee  - Aylan - beach, courtesy of Farhad Bandesh.

Arts Agenda, June 2020

Arts Agenda is a monthly focus on national issues in Australia’s contemporary arts, designed for the inboxes of leading thinkers in journalism, academia and policy.

OPEN LETTER: Australia's artists call for Government action

Hundreds of artists, curators, academics, publishers, arts workers, and leading art galleries and museums COVID19 call for income support measures in an open letter to the Australian Government.

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NAVA Advocacy Kit 2020 Part 2

Keen to develop your advocacy skills to champion the arts with confidence, but not sure where or how to begin? Let’s work on developing those skills together.

NAVA News 5 2020

A strange set of divisions mar the way Australians relate to what we value most – and the more we look into it, the less sense those divisions make. 

Creative Industries and COVID-19

7pm Tuesday 26 May, join Esther Anatolitis for a free Zoom seminar hosted by the Master of Arts and Cultural Management Program at Deakin University.

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How to write a submission to an inquiry

It’s so important that the arts and culture perspective is heard on matters of national significance. So how should you go about writing a submission?

Arts Agenda, May 2020

Arts Agenda is a monthly focus on national issues in Australia’s contemporary arts, designed for the inboxes of leading thinkers in journalism, academia and policy.

The Clothing Store Statement: Carriageworks enters voluntary administration

Image: Sam Cranstoun, Utopia & Tom Mùller, GHOST LINE, fog generators, Carriageworks. Photo by Cherine Fahd.

NAVA News 4 2020

If art creates the future, and politics is the art of the possible, then politicians have the fundamental duty to create Australia’s future. In this issue, we explore the opportunities we have to focus our voices on what comes next as we reset Australia – beyond any ‘new normal’ and towards a truly better place.

WNTTA Where do I stand? Government stimulus package arts edition

2-3pm Thursday 23 April, Zoom meeting

Arts Agenda, Apr 2020

Arts Agenda is a monthly focus on national issues in Australia’s contemporary arts, designed for the inboxes of leading thinkers in journalism, academia and policy.

City of Sydney donates $83,000 to Artists’ Benevolent Fund

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NAVA News 3, 2020

With the urgency of the world’s focus on protecting our lives at a scale we have never known, it can be difficult to put creative practice in perspective. This issue discusses the grounding role of art in world building futurisms.

Creative Industry Pedagogies in a Chaotic World

16 March, State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St VIC

Arts Agenda, Mar 2020

Arts Agenda is a monthly focus on national issues in Australia’s contemporary arts, designed for the inboxes of leading thinkers in journalism, academia and policy.